More brackets


Brackets from a fallen tree in the neglected gardens of Kilmory, Lochgilphead, Argyll.

(This is my first edit with Adobe Lightroom)

Sunday fungi


These impressive beasties were all over some tree stumps at the end of the garden earlier in the week. Identification welcome.

More fungi

This post was shared on Tumblr and has since gained over 30,000 notes. That makes it my most popular photo ever published, and it was an afterthought that I posted it in the first place.

Someone on Tumblr has identified the fungus as Honey Fungus (Amillaria spp.). Apparently they are edible, but I’m not going to try.

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The underside of small bracket fungi growing on a fallen Scots pine limb. Flash-illuminated

The underside of small bracket fungi growing on a fallen Scots pine limb. Flash-illuminated.

The weather around here has been foul for days, so it was a delight to be able to get out of the office for a walk at lunchtime today. And, like a good boy, I took the camera with me. This is all that’s fit to share.

Two glistening caps

Two glistening caps

Found in Inverliever Forest at the weekend. Identification is welcome.

Update: After lots of comments on Facebook asking why I didn’t photograph the underside of the cap, and the floor being very wet and mossy not being an excuse and so on, friends have suggested that this is Slippery Jack (Suillus luteus). S. luteus is a bolete found in the litter underneath pines, and this is where this specimen was found. So, thanks to the Ford Fungologistas for putting me right.